Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 images to be shown in Ankara

Winning photos go on display May 4 at Cer Modern Art Center, exhibition runs till May 30


An exhibition hosting the winning images from Anadolu Agency's Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 will open in Turkish capital Ankara on May 4.

A total of 126 images will go on display at CerModern Art Center till May 30. The exhibition was previously put on display in Istanbul between April 2 and 16.

French photo journalist Frederic Lafargue's “Fleeing Daesh” was named Photo of the Year in the contest which saw around 25,000 entries submitted this year in eight categories, with single image and picture story categories for News, Sports, Portrait and Nature & Environment.

Aris Messinis, with his photo series "Death in the Mediterranean" taken for Agence France Presse (AFP), won the News Series Award.

Adam Pretty's photo "Below the Surface" taken for Getty Images won the Sports Single Award while Patrick Smith won the Sports Series Award.

Mary Gelman won the first prize in Portrait-Multiple category for her photographs of victims of domestic violence, while there was no winner in the Portrait-Single category.

Kemal Jufri's photo "Feeding Orphaned Orangutans" won the Nature-Environment Story Award, while Johnny Miller's Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course photo series took home the Nature-Environment Single Award.

For the first time in the contest's three-year history, Hosam Salem, a freelance photojournalist in Gaza, received the Young Photojournalist Award for his photo called "Street Training in Gaza". The new award is given to a winner under the age of 28.

Twenty-two photographers from 17 countries received awards at the event sponsored by Turkish Airlines and Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency, TIKA.

Istanbul Photo Awards winner talks about Iraq image

Frederic Lafargue's escaping From Daesh won Photo of the Year in 2017


The winner of the Istanbul Photo Awards’ 2017 Photo of the Year said on Tuesday his image -- Escaping From Daesh -- was intended to show “the escape process of the civilian population” from areas controlled by the terror group.

In an interview, Frederic Lafargue he and a writer friend were assigned to prepare a story and photographs about the civilian population in Mosul, northern Iraq, for Paris Match news magazine.

Mosul has been at the center of fierce fighting between Iraqi forces and the Daesh terror group.

"We came up with an idea of showing the escape process of the civilian population from the impact of Daesh in the Mosul region and we wanted to explain how the escaping civilian population was being secured," he said.

Lafargue started his career at a local newspaper in France in 1988 and started working on nationals in 1991 as a local correspondent in southwestern France.

Having followed Turkish photography for a long time, Lafargue said the quality of work in the country was at a high level.

"I think there is a competitive photography school in Turkey. I have many Turkish photographer friends," he added.

"I am honored to have won this award… I think this is an exceptional exhibition and other competitions should be inspired by it,” Lafargue said.

Last year, photographers Abd Doumany, whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as Photo of the Year by an international jury, and Sergey Ponomarev, who caught images of refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos for The New York Times, won the single news category and later a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2015, Daniel Berehulak was the winner of the competition's Photo of the Year for his coverage on the Ebola epidemic in Liberia after his work won the Pulitzer Prize.

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Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 images go on display

Exhibition brings together photographs depicting key events from 2016


An exhibition of photographs featured in Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 began in the port city's Tophane-i-Amire Culture and Arts Centre in Beyoglu district on Sunday.

Photographer Frederic Lafargue's "Fleeing from Daesh" image, which was chosen as Photo of the Year by the jury, is among the photographs on display.

Sponsored by Turkish Airlines and Turkish Coordination and Cooperation Agency, this year's contest saw an additional 22 photographers from 17 countries receiving awards.

Around 25,000 photos had been submitted to the contest and jury members picked the winners during a special meeting in Turkey's Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia, between March 19 and March 22.

For the first time in the contest's three-year history, Hosam Salem, a freelancer photojournalist in Gaza, Palestine, received the Young Photojournalist award for his photograph titled "Street Training in Gaza". The newly-introduced award is given to a winner under the age of 28. 

Aris Messinis' photo series "Death in the Mediterranean" for the Agence France Presse (AFP) won the News Series Award.

Adam Pretty's photo "Below the Surface" taken for Getty Images won the Sports Single Award, while Patrick Smith won the Sports Series Award.

Mary Gelman won the first prize in Portrait-Multiple category for her photographs of women victims, while there was no winner in the Portrait-Single category.

Kemal Jufri's photo titled "Feeding Orphaned Orangutans" won the Nature-Environment Story Award, while Johnny Miller's Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course photo series took home the Nature-Environment Single Award.

A total prize money of $133,000 was awarded across eight different categories, in addition to the $3,000 Young Photojournalist award, and a separate $10,000 Photo of the Year award.

The exhibition will run through April 16.


Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 winners announced

Frederic Lafargue's 'Fleeing from Daesh' wins Photo of the Year 2017 at Anadolu Agency's 3rd international competition


Frederic Lafargue's "Fleeing from Daesh" was chosen Photo of the Year 2017 by the international jury of the 3rd Istanbul Photo Awards.

Sponsored by Turkish Airlines and Turkish Coordination and Cooperation Agency (TIKA), this year's contest saw an additional 22 photographers from 17 countries receiving awards.

Around 25,000 photos had been submitted to the contest and jury members picked the winners during a special meeting in Turkey's Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia, between March 19 and 22.

In addition to news and sports categories, the jury also determined winners in the newly-added portrait and nature/environment categories.

For the first time in the contest's three-year history, Hosam Salem, a freelancer photojournalist in Gaza, Palestine, received the Young Photojournalist award with his photograph "Street Training in Gaza". The newly-introduced award is given to a winner under the age of 28.

Aris Messinis, with his photo series "Death in the Mediterranean" taken for Agence France Presse (AFP), won the News Series Award.

Adam Pretty's photo "Below the Surface" taken for Getty Images won the Sports Single Award, while Patrick Smith won the Sports Series Award.

Mary Gelman won the first prize in Portrait-Multiple category with the theme of women victims, while there was no winner in the Portrait-Single category.

Kemal Jufri's photo titled "Feeding Orphaned Orangutans" won the Nature-Environment Story Award, while Johnny Miller's Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course photo series took home the Nature-Environment Single Award.

A total prize money of $133,000 was awarded across eight different categories, in addition to the $3,000 Young Photojournalist award, and a separate $10,000 Photo of the Year award.

The award-winning images will be exhibited at Istanbul’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Centre on April 2.

Last year, photographers Abd Doumany, whose image of an injured Syrian boy was chosen as the Photo of the Year by an international jury, and Sergey Ponomarev, who caught images of refugees arriving the Greek island of Lesbos for The New York Times, won the Single News category and later a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2015, Daniel Berehulak was the winner of the competition's Photo of the Year with his coverage of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia and later his work won the Pulitzer Prize.

2017 Photo Contest Jury 

Award-winning staff photographer at Getty Images, Cameron Spencer; Anadolu Agency's Visual News Editor-in-Chief, Ahmet Sel; NOOR Images photojournalist, Yuri Kozyrev; founder of Shanghai Center of Photography (SCOP) and Pulitzer laureate photojournalist, Liu Heung Shing; photojournalist and visual media advisor Georges De Keerle; Anadolu Agency's Editor of Photography, Firat Yurdakul; Senior Digital Editor of Paris Match, Marion Mertens; Visual documentary producer and curator and a co-founder of "Screen", Liza Faktor and Director of Photo Business Development at Agence France-Presse (AFP), Michel Scotto.

Veteran photojournalists talk to Istanbul audience

Highly experienced two photojournalists share key points from their careers as part of AA’s Istanbul Photo Awards Talks


Two veteran photojournalists Russia’s Yuri Kozyrev and the U.S.’ Stanley Greene talked about their experience during wars from Afghanistan to Iraq on Sunday in Istanbul.

The two from Amsterdam-based photo agency Noor are in Istanbul for talks as part of the third edition of Anadolu Agency’s Istanbul Photo Awards, which this year turned into a weeklong event with the addition of workshops and talks.

Speaking during the event, Anadolu Agency’s Visual News Editor-in-Chief Ahmet Sel said participation in the workshops this year was high.

Sel added that an exhibition displaying the selected photos from the Istanbul Photo Awards would be opened at Istanbul’s Tophane-I Amire on April 2 with the cooperation of Istanbul’s Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

“We decided that this event should go a little further than a photo contest.

“It will continue expanding both in Istanbul and abroad,” Sel added.

He later introduced the two veteran journalists, who talked about their agency Noor, an Arabic word meaning light, and their experience during wars and uprisings, especially in the Middle East.

Kozyrev, an award-winning photojournalist, who worked for Time Magazine among many other media outlets covering global issues in the Middle Eastern counties such as Iraq, Yemen, Tunisia, Egypt, showed short videos about his works in those countries.

“I do believe it was a huge mistake,” he told the crowd about the Iraqi war. “Now we are facing the consequences of this. There is a new phase of this war,” he said.

Greene, another award-winning photojournalist who turned from being a fashion photographer into a conflict photographer, also showed his works from The Western Front, a documentation of the 70s and 80s punk scene in San Francisco as well as the conflict in Chechnya.

A total of 16 participants took part in the Istanbul Photo Awards Workshop, including from Anadolu Agency, young photojournalists employed in national media organizations as well as students from the university’s photography department.

Turkish Airlines is sponsoring the awards along with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency. A total of $133,000 will be awarded across eight different categories and the Young Photo Correspondent section.